For a unique outing with the kids, check out the Live Aloha Hawaiian Cultural Festival, which will have its fifth annual celebration on Sunday, September 9 at the Seattle Center. This is a family-oriented event, with all sorts of performances, food and activities to enjoy. The opening ceremony, featuring the Royal Hawaiian Guard from Maui, will be on the Center House main stage at 11am.
There will be lots of food vendors, so you can get your shaved ice fix or sample a traditional special plate with pulled pork, macaroni or Spam, the popular Hawaiian favorite. Go to the Keiki (that’s child in Hawaiian) corner in the Center house for a variety of kids activities. Music and dance performances will also run throughout the day at the Center House, Fisher Rooftop and Mural Amphitheater.
All of the performances are appropriate for families, but kids might especially enjoy the Hokulani’s Hula Studio performance at the Mural Amphitheater, as a couple of the participating groups are from children’s classes, with some dancers as young as toddlers. That show begins at 12:15 pm. The Seattle Ukulele Players association will perform on the Amphitheater stage as well at 11:15 am. There will also be a Hawaiian music jam session and a bouncy house at the Fisher Rooftop.
More adult-friendly activities include lei-making and fabric dying classes, showings of a couple of Hawaiian-themed films and loads of craft vendors.
For more information about the festival, check out the schedule.
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Seattle, WA 98109